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Terrell St. John, 20, was arrested Tuesday after allegedly breaking into a car in Brooklyn

By Tara Fowler
Updated January 28, 2015 11:40 AM
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Credit: Courtesy NYPD 70th Precinct/Twitter

One man decided to take advantage of the Blizzard of 2015 by breaking into an unattended car in Brooklyn on early Tuesday morning.

The problem? He left a trail of footprints in the freshly fallen snow that led authorities straight to him, according to the NYPD 70th Precinct Twitter account.

“Rule #1 dont break into cars during snow storm leaving your tracks,” the precinct Tweeted.

Terrell St. John, 20, was arrested Tuesday and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of an open container, JP Updates reports.

A witness saw St. John break into the car at around 4 a.m. and proceeded to call the Flatbush Shomrim, a neighborhood watch group.

The Shomrim responded and called the cops. Together, they discovered footprints in the snow and followed them for a half mile until they caught up with a suspect matching the description provided by the witness.

He was arrested on the spot.

St. John wasn’t the only burglar thwarted by the snow recently. Stephen Dolceamore and his girlfriend Kelly Wilkinson were arrested in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, on Saturday after police followed footprints in the snow from the scene of a burglary to waiting getaway car, Philly.com reports.

And in Auburn, two residents were charged with attempted burglary after officers followed snowy steps to an apartment building where the thieves were hiding.